Meanwhile, in Chernobyl

A couple of interesting videos from Chernobyl in the Ukraine.

The caption for the first video…

This video shows the construction process of the New Safe Confinement project at Chernobyl up to December 2014. The project is funded through the EBRD’s Chernobyl Shelter Fund with contributions from more than 40 countries. The EBRD is also the biggest donor for the project. More details can be found on our website: http://www.ebrd.com

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The caption from the second video…

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Chernobyl whilst working for CBS News on a ’60 Minutes’ episode which aired on Nov. 23, 2014. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Michael Gavshon and David Levine, producers.

 

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Observer
Observer
January 11, 2015 5:01 pm

Fascinating.

Jacquie-Althia
Jacquie-Althia
January 11, 2015 9:00 pm

Absolutely amazing, hopefully a sign of things to come from a truly independent Ukraine. Thank you for making the film available.

Gloomy Northern Boy
Gloomy Northern Boy
January 11, 2015 11:26 pm

I believe one of the unintended consequences of this particular sequence of unfortunate events is that the no-go zone has become an unofficial reserve for “Large European Wildlife” (wolves, bears, wild boar and so on)…apparently, nobody told them it would it would do them any harm so when we left they moved in…

GNB

Ian Skinner
Ian Skinner
January 12, 2015 9:51 am

Incredible

Dangerous Dave
Dangerous Dave
January 12, 2015 9:14 pm

The second one is quite sobering. But then that was the intent. The first one was quite uplifting. But that, too, was the intent. I watched them in reverse order – I think it was better that way . . .

Of course, the small irreverent part of me thought, half-way through the EBRD video “after they’ve de-conned and made the area safe, they should just rent the whole town out to the film industry to make zombie and post-apocalypse movies in” (!)

monkey
monkey
January 13, 2015 10:21 pm

Awesome piece of engineering , puts The Dome in the shade.
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Also this is a British design ! The Design Group Partnership (DGP) of Manchester of submitted this design to the original completion in 1992 but lost out but was revised when the requirement for an internal gantry crane running the full span was deemed essential to help dismantle the crumbling existing sarcophagus and this design , the only arched design won. The structure is over 100m high and 270m span externally and 150m long and is designed to withstand an F3 tornado as well as keeping in all that radioactive malarkey inside.